Commercial litigation in Regional Bar
3PB's 'commercial, pragmatic, and user-friendly' Richard Whitehouse is recommended for breach of contract claims, representing clients across a range of industry sectors. Recent work has included claims relating to negligent installation of amenities, cross-jurisdictional claims, and asset purchase agreements.
Queen Square Chambers
Queen Square Chambers is home to rising star Adam Griffiths, who is building a commercial litigation practice that largely focuses on contractual disputes, such as his recent representation of Global Technologies Racing, in its dispute with the competitive offshore sailing team, 5 West, over the construction of a specialist racing yacht.
Guildhall Chambers is home to one of the premier commercial litigation teams on the western circuit, with members undertaking a wide range of high-value and complex work. Hugh Sims QC handles high-end contractual disputes and financial services litigation, and recently represented the claimant in Morley v The Royal Bank Of Scotland PLC, who sought damages from the bank in relation to properties it had lost after failing to pay a £75m loan, on multiple grounds including the tort of intimidation. Finance specialist John Virgo, who Sims QC led in the Morley case, is also highly recommended and has recently appeared in several cases, both led and unled, relating to LIBOR. The set has a strong crop of junior counsel to rely on as well, with John Churchill, Samuel Parsons, and James Hannant emerging as ones to watch in this area.
St John's Chambers remains one of the strongest commercial forces in the western circuit, with 'a good range of Barristers to cover most matters and levels of experience'. Senior counsel, such as Leslie Blohm QC, handle complex matters involving breaches of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, and arbitration, including High Court appeals of arbitral awards. Senior junior Richard Stead is also highly recommended, with a practice that focuses primarily on construction-adjacent matters such as disputes over the installation and manufacture of industrial equipment and amenities. The set is also home to Nicholas Pointon, who has a substantial offshore practice, both as an advisor and as an advocate in parallel English law proceedings for offshore cases, with a particular focus on Jersey.
At Enterprise Chambers, Ross Fentem is recommended for a wide range of commercial litigation instructions, including cross-border banking matters, contractual disputes and financial disputes, such as his recent work on behalf of Welsh rugby union team Scarlets in relation to the budgeting procedures and financial management of governing body Welsh Rugby. Neil Levy is another key figure within the set, and is highly focused on the banking sector, with several recent instructions on behalf of The Bank Of Scotland.